Robeson County, NC (November 28, 2020) – A man from Pembroke was killed in a bicycle crash that took place in Robeson County on Thanksgiving Day. The crash happened on Union Chapel Road around 2:00 p.m.
According to the First Sgt. S.B. Lewis with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Larry Oxendine was riding his bicycle on Union Chapel when he was hit by a vehicle that was traveling on the same road. The driver of the vehicle, Marcus McGirt of Lumberton, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision. Oxendine was thrown from his bicycle following the crash. The bike came to rest in a ditch off the right side of the road. Oxendine died at the crash scene.
Following an investigation, police charged McGirt with several offenses, including driving while impaired and involuntary manslaughter. He was arrested and taken to jail. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and no other injuries have been reported.
There is no additional information available at this time. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Larry Oxendine during this difficult time.
Fatal Accidents in North Carolina
On average, there are approximately 120 fatal bicycle accidents in North Carolina each year. Bicyclists are at great risk of death or serious bodily injury when they are involved in a crash. A bicycle offers almost no protection from the force and impact of the crash. Riders should always wear protective gear, including helmets, but protective equipment does not prevent serious injuries when a vehicle is involved in the crash.
Many bicyclists are killed or injured in crashes that were not their fault. Although a bicycle rider has the same rights as a pedestrian or other individual on the roadway, motorists often fail to honor these rights. This includes drivers who drive carelessly and negligently and fail to follow traffic safety laws, thus causing a serious accident. Impaired drivers also contribute to the number of major crashes on our roadways. These drivers lack the ability to appreciate the dangerousness of their actions and the risk that they pose to others.
At Burton Law Firm, we stand ready to help when you have been injured due to the carelessness of another person. We understand what you are experiencing during this difficult time. North Carolina bicycle accident attorney Jason M. Burton is here for you following a serious accident. From our office in Raleigh, we fight every day for innocent crash victims and their families across our state. We would be honored to assist you as well.
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